Scottish distillery Eden Mill has expanded its Distiller’s Choice collection with two new limited-edition gins, both aged in wine casks.
The new Red Wine Cask-Aged Gin and White Wine Cask-Aged Gin started out as Eden Mill Original Gin and were then aged in two different casks. They follow the first of the series, the Oak Old Tom Gin that was released in February this year.
Based on the personal flavour preferences and interests of Eden Mill’s head distiller Scott Ferguson and senior distiller Andrew Walker, the range comprises modern gins that ‘embrace the best of old and new distilling techniques’.
For these new expressions, Ferguson said: “With the red and white wine cask-aged expressions, the gins were only extracted from their cask at the point we were confident the perfect flavour, colour and wine character had been added to the gin without extracting too many overpowering flavours from the wood of the cask itself.”
The White Wine Cask-Aged Gin with a 42.% ABV, compliment’s Ferguson’s preference for citrusy, fruit-forward gins.
“Ageing this gin for 15 months in a white Burgundy wine cask has given it fresh tropical peach and apricot flavours, the perfect flavour compliment to citrus-forward gin,” Ferguson explained.
Meanwhile, Walker prefers gins that have a savoury and spicy flavour profile. As such, he chose an Amarone red wine cask due to its ‘full-bodied and rich nature’. The 42.5% ABV gin was aged for 500 days in the Italian wine cask.
“Spice is more often a flavour associated with red wine, these flavours can be imparted into the wine from the barrel,” explained Walker.
“I wanted to explore how these underlying spice notes which are usually associated with red wine and red wine casks would affect the flavour profile when ageing gin in these casks.
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